Bonnie, take two:
As many of you may know, I was head of Drama at camp for many summers. But as I aged, I found I didn’t have the required energy to continue to run the department. So I stepped back and let younger girls take on that leadership.
I have to admit I’ve always missed it, but have also known I made the right decision. The counselors who’ve headed Drama since I left it in the early 2000’s have all brought their own unique talents to the department.
This summer was no exception. Sarah Gleberman, in her second year as department head, had a clear vision of what the girls needed and how best to organize the department. Yes, she did take drama under me when she was a junior camper, and told me she remembers what I taught her about theatre. What a wonderful legacy to have her teaching now!
Well, this summer we had over 200 campers, with many taking drama at 10 a.m.. So when Sarah asked me if I’d be able to help out in that class I willingly said yes!
Organizing and directing a play is much like a puzzle. Each piece — set, costuming, make-up, lines, and blocking — go together to make a lovely picture. And hopefully, it will be a picture the campers will be proud to say they were part of. I truly love watching it all come together.
I know I’ll never have the energy to run the entire department again, but the chance to work with junior campers gave me renewed energy.
I hope I was able to impart a love of theatre to these young girls as I did to all the campers who preceded them. Even though old age has set in, I still have something positive I can contribute to the campers. It’s something I dearly love, and that is theatre.
Now, I wasn’t the only “old person” teaching last summer. Sam returned to the tennis courts for one class period. He taught some of the junior campers, as well. Mostly he has girls who have never played tennis before and he loves it. But, I’ll let him tell you about that.
Sam’s power serve:
I grew to love tennis as a child, probably because of the love my father had for the game. He played tennis well into his 80’s.
I had some very good tennis instructors over the years, and thought maybe I could take the best parts of what I had learned and pass it on to young players who were new to the game. With that in mind, several summers ago I agreed to teach one class of Tennis a term when needed. I haven’t been called on every term, nor every summer, but I was needed this past summer and was happy to help out.
The young campers I taught were interested in learning, and paid close attention to my instruction. They all worked very hard learning the basics. All of them progressed and moved from my beginner class into the next level class by the time the term was over. It was very gratifying to see.
We’re in it together, forever:
So, as you can see, we’re both still able to help out in the departments when needed and both of us enjoy the opportunity. Hopefully our department heads felt the same way about our teaching skills and will ask us again.
Just one more reason we love owning and operating a summer camp!
–Bonnie and Sam Dawson, Owners, Camp Alleghany for Girls